About the Event
The DDD is a challenge to run, walk or jog 5km every day in December. It was set up by us (Jackie and Mark) and some of our friends in 2015 after Jackie lost both parents to cancer in the space of 18 months. The dash raises much needed funds for the great work that Sue Ryder – who cared for Jackie’s dad in the last few months of his life – does for those with incurable illness and their families. Sue Ryder provides palliative, neurological and bereavement support.
You can sign up using the link on the homepage, or sign up here.
Absolutely – the Christmas day run is one of the best as it gets you out of the house and active, and maybe even bumping in to some fellow dashers.
One of the defining aspects of the challenge is its daily nature at a time of year when lots is going on. We don’t track or police its completion and leave it entirely up to you how you complete it and when. We do suggest that you try and do something every day that challenges you personally and if there is something unavoidable or you don’t feel well then please exercise common sense.
Two years ago, 200 people signed up across 7 countries, that doubled for last year when over 400 people signed up to do the dash across 15 countries. This year we’re really hoping to grow that number again, so please share with anyone you know who might be interested.
A couple of years ago saw the coining of a new term – a ‘dash mob’. This is where a group of dashers organise to meet up to complete their dash together. We try and do one in Berkshire on the final day of the dash, but also encourage you to set up your own with those dashing near you. Maybe you’d like to be a dash ambassador and look after dashes in your area? Let us know and we’ll get your event added to our Facebook page. We’re also hoping to have dashes at the Sue Ryder hospices around the country this year for the first time too – more to follow on that one!
Don’t worry! We have a Strava community if you want to connect virtually with other dashers, and of course we love seeing photos from your runs on our social feeds!
No, we want the dash to be inclusive and celebrate the work that Sue Ryder does. That said, the funds they receive are vital and we’d love to add to the £50k the dash has raised for them to date. A lot of people decide to contribute themselves instead of fundraising, but we’d love it if you did publicise this website to let your family and friends know what you have achieved and how they can sponsor you. The Daily Dash is a fun challenge that we think is highly worthy of the sponsorship or odd donation. Your support will help Sue Ryder be there for people in some of their darkest moments.
If you do want to fundraise for Sue Ryder, you can create a fundraising page here.
There are loads of amazing causes out there but Sue Ryder is very close to our heart and the reason for the dash existing. We think that the more of us doing this the more impact we can have and the more funds we can raise for them, and so if you are fundraising while doing the dash then we would really appreciate if that was for Sue Ryder.
Absolutely, we did this last year and it was a great way for individuals and groups of friends and colleagues to share their own stories to raise funds. Please use the links on the homepage where you will be able to create your own page linked to the event.
You can sign up using the link on the homepage, or sign up here. This helps us to contact you and other participants and of course create the legendary ‘dash map’ of where we have participants taking part.
Of course. The dash is undertaken entirely at your own risk; Sue Ryder can’t have insurance for an event of this nature. We care about your safety and so please be considerate of any health conditions and your surroundings when out dashing. Apart from that we just hope that you enjoy the dash and look forward to seeing your pictures (or video!) and fundraising efforts.
How will taking part help?
Sue Ryder supports people through the most difficult times of their lives. Whether that’s a terminal illness, the loss of a loved one or a neurological condition – they’re there when it matters. Their doctors, nurses and carers give people the compassion and expert care they need to help them live the best life they possibly can.
Your participation means that they can provide more care for more people to be there when it really matters, taking the time to understand what’s important to them and give them choice and control over their care.